Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors
Musical on Broadway
This movie has always been a favorite of ours.  In 1987, we were in London with my husband's parents and sister, killing time until we could catch a flight when we saw a movie theater advertising this movie.  The place was full and we had to sit in the front row. We knew nothing about Little Shop of Horrors at that point.

It turned out that this movie was brilliant.  It was a musical redendition of an old movie of the same title with Jack Nicholson. It was a hit Broadway musical. Music, performance, interpretation, and staging was amazing to us, especially since it felt like a true stage play.

When it ended, we stood up and applauded.  The rest of the audience, being English, filed out quietly with a few tsk, tsk aimed in our direction.

Recently we shared this with our granddaughters who had seen a local presentation of this.  While they carved pumpkins (no help needed from me, thank you very much), we watched the movie. We kept glancing at them, seeing if they shared our enthusiasm.  Uh huh, Grandma.  We saw this on stage.

When the ending came, we were shocked, as it was different from the one from our precious movie. Our girls said We saw this already!  This is how it ends!

Here is an excerpt of OUR movie:

This is the opening song, great staging, lots of great voices.

This is an intro to the alien plant from outerspace
Lasts about 3 minutes, not needed to watch all
to get the idea that this is not going well.

And then, there is this.  Glad we did not see this in London.

This is the original ending (which apparently cost big bucks.
It is about 5 minutes long, but no one has to see it all. Just the beginning where world is eaten by this plant creature.


The movie version is happy-ending where plant is destroyed, true love conquers all, and then a twist at the very ending.

We expected the happy ending, got the horror instead.  But isn't that the way on Halloween?

28 comments:

  1. I didn't know there had been an 'original' before the one I've seen. I didn't know about the plant eating the world, but I prefer the one I've seen where the plant dies. I haven't watched it in a while, it isn't a favourite, I just keep it around in case anyone visiting wants to watch something and chooses it.

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    1. It is 30 (thirty) years since we first saw it, and yet we still loved it. But, then, we are syfy type of people.

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    1. that is what I thought, too. But, true love does not always win the day.

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  3. If we had not happened on this theater in London thirty years ago, I don't know if we would have seen it.

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  4. Add me to those who didn't know there had been a different ending. And sadly, love doesn't always win.

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    1. It was a total disapointment that our girls wouldn't get to see the ending we enjoyed.

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  5. Weird how they changed up the ending. A good movie indeed.

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    1. We still quote some lines between ourselves.

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  6. I had read that they changed the ending because they didn’t think audiences would like it as it was. Movies are about making money. I loved the movie version and till this day, it is one of my family’s favorite flick. We even had a very large plant in the house that was taking up more and more space. We named it Audrey. She lived in my basement till last summer. She was murdered (around age 35) by my husband because he did not want to water her anymore. We buried her in the woods where I suspect, she grew some more roots.

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    1. How dare he kill it?? Well, I don't blame him. It would be creepy.

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  7. I'm pretty sure that I saw this movie musical, but it would have been many years ago and I don't recall how it ended. I used to have a video copy of the original film, but all I remember of that one is Jack Nicholson at the dentist.

    I like happy endings--at least in a silly movie like this. Horror endings have their place, but not in a musical comedy--please.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I will have to YouTube this 1960 movie. With Jack N. (Here's Johnny), it would have his own peculiar style.

      Happy endings are what I want. To get attached to characters, and then see them being swallowed whole, well that is just plain wrong.

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  8. I was just reading about that original ending. I had no idea. But I guess the ending we know was the one that tested better.

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    1. our audience in 1987 would definitely vote for the 2nd. Maybe 1st ending would catch more now, 30 years later.

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  9. I have never seen it. I wonder if my grown kids have now, they seem to catch up on the things they missed in childhood on their own, lol.

    My 2nd oldest just saw Bye Bye Birdie. I've never seen that movie either, hahaha (I could make a huge list of famous movies I've never seen). :)

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  10. I think it is great to show unbridled appreciation. When something has given you enjoyment above and beyond...one's reaction should be spontaneous, I believe.

    I did similar when I was very fortunate to see Rudolf Nureyev dance live back in the mid-Seventies.

    At the end of his performance (in "Giselle"), I stood up, clapped and spontaneously yelled out, "Good on you, Rudi!"

    Seeing Nureyev live...to witness his magnificence on stage...I was lost in the moment...and loved being lost in the moment.

    A few well-coiffured, glammed up ladies in the front rows looked up disapprovingly at me...but I didn't give a damn.

    Nureyev had heard me...and he turned in my direction...smiled and bowed...at and to me! Take that, ladies!! :)

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  11. I am fascinated watching our creature friend laughing and guzzling. I doubt the sensors would have blocked this one, its too happy.

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    1. The music was so good, no censors would dare to shoot it down. Great entertainment: no sex, no machine guns, no car chases, no heavy-duty swearing.

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  12. Have to say I have never seen this ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Someday, when it is late and you can't sleep, watch this and enjoy the music.

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